Sociology (SOC)

Courses

SOC 001. SU: Introduction to Sociology. 3 Credits.

Fundamental principles and problems in the sociological analysis of the structure and dynamics of modern society.

SOC 011. Social Problems. 3 Credits.

Introduction to sociology through detailed examination of a selected number of major structural problems characteristic of contemporary societies. Problems treated may vary.

SOC 014. Deviance & Social Control. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the causes and consequences of social behavior that violates norms. Examines patterns of deviant socialization and social organization and forms of deviance control.

SOC 019. D1: Race Relations in the US. 3 Credits.

Analysis of racial prejudice, discrimination, and other dominant group practices directed toward Native, Asian-, and African-Americans and their social movements for integration, accommodation, and separatism. May not be taken for credit concurrently with, or following receipt of, credit for CRES 065.

SOC 020. Aging: Change & Adaptation. 3 Credits.

Individual and social meanings of aging and old age; physical, physiological, psychological, and sociological changes accompanying aging; individual, family, community, and societal adaptations to aging. Cross-listed with: HDFS 020.

SOC 022. Sociology of Sexualities. 3 Credits.

Examination of the social construction of sexuality with emphasis on theories, concepts, and cultural ramifications of a range of sexual practices and identities. Cross-listed with: GSWS 022.

SOC 032. Social Inequality. 3 Credits.

Introduction to structured class inequality in the United States, causes and consequences. Focus on wealth, prestige, and power. Inequalities of age, gender, and ethnicity also examined.

SOC 054. Health Care in America. 3 Credits.

Examination of the organization and financing of the U.S. health care system. Focus on health disparities, health care policy, and cross-national comparisons. Cross-listed with: HSOC 054.

SOC 057. Drugs & Society. 3 Credits.

Patterns of illicit drug distribution, use, abuse, and control in contemporary society. Examines the interaction of cultural, social, psychological, and physiological factors in prohibited drug-taking.

SOC 085. Internship. 1-3 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

SOC 095. Introductory Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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SOC 096. Introductory Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

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SOC 097. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

SOC 100. Fund of Social Research. 4 Credits.

Introduction to research methods in social science. Includes examination of research design, measurement, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation and theoretical interpretation of research findings. Prerequisites: STAT 051 or STAT 111 or STAT 141 or higher; three hours of Sociology or Political Science; minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: POLS 181.

SOC 101. Developm't Sociological Theory. 3 Credits.

Classical sociological theory including Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and Mead, as well as DuBois and early female theorists such as Martineau. Reading and writing intensive. Prerequisites: SOC 001; three additional hours of Sociology; minimum Sophomore standing.

SOC 102. Population, Environment & Soc. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the causes and consequences of varying relationships among population size, distribution and composition, social organization, technology, and resource base. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 109. The Self & Social Interaction. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the roles of sociocultural and situational factors in individual behavior and experience and the social genesis, development, and functioning of human personality. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 112. D2: Global Deviance. 3 Credits.

Studies different theoretical approaches to deviance and social control, empirical patterns of deviant behaviors, and temporal, spatial, and cultural variations in these patterns, in a global context. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or Global and Regional Studies.

SOC 115. Crime. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the nature and types of behavior that violates law, the mechanisms for defining such behaviors as criminal, and their causes and consequences. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 119. D1: Race & Ethnicity. 3 Credits.

Description and analysis of ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the United States. Examination of social/cultural patterns in the larger society and in these groups themselves. Prerequisite: Three hours of Anthropology or Sociology. Cross-listed with: ANTH 187.

SOC 120. Aging in Modern Society. 3 Credits.

Analysis of contemporary needs and problems of the elderly, including discrimination, poverty, health care, and loneliness, and the evaluation of services and programs for the elderly. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or HDFS 020.

SOC 121. SU:Sociology of Disaster. 3 Credits.

Examination of disasters (natural, technological, intentional) using a sociological, critical lens. Analysis of research, theories, and current debates in the field of disaster sociology. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 128. Sociology of Childhood. 3 Credits.

Examination of socio-historical changes in the construction of childhood and experiences of children; applications of interpretive approaches in contemporary sociology to analyze children's peer cultures. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 132. Affluence & Poverty in Mod Soc. 3 Credits.

Examination of structured social inequality in contemporary American society with special attention to the distribution of wealth and its relationship to power, prestige, and opportunity. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 140. Gender, Sexualities & Medicine. 3 Credits.

Examines medicine through a sociocultural lens, drawing on sociological, historical, anthropological, philosophical, feminist, queer, and critical race studies perspectives in order to explore the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, and medicine. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; or GSWS 001; or Health and Society major or minor. Cross-listed with: GSWS 140.

SOC 155. D2:Culture, Health and Healing. 3 Credits.

Introduction to medical anthropology. Social and cultural perspectives on health and illness experiences, doctor-patient interactions, healing practices, and access to health and health care. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology or ANTH 021 or ANTH 089. Cross-listed with: ANTH 174.

SOC 157. QR:Population Health Research. 3 Credits.

Overview of research methods used to examine population health dynamics. Topics include measuring health outcomes such as life expectancy and morbidity and examining the impact of sociological variables such as race and gender on health using domestic and international data. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 160. Our Consuming Society. 3 Credits.

A critical look at the things we buy and our motivations for buying them, and a consideration of collective action solutions to over-consumption. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 171. D2:Soc Chng&Dev Persp Gl South. 3 Credits.

Perspectives on development in the global south. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 185. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.

SOC 188. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.

SOC 195. Intermediate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 196. Intermediate Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: Three hours of Sociology.

SOC 197. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.

SOC 198. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisites: Three hours of Sociology; Instructor permission.

SOC 211. Soc Mvmts & Collective Action. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the sociology of social movements, including examination of central topics such as movement emergence and formation, mobilization and participation, and tactical repertoires, in conjunction with explorations of specific movements both in the past and the present. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 212. D2: Int'l Migration & U.S. Soc. 3 Credits.

A comparative approach to the migration of people from the rest of the world to the United States with an emphasis on Mexican immigration. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 216. Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Analysis of social structures and processes in criminal justice arenas, the labeling of criminal offenders, and other issues related to crime, punishment, and justice. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing. Declared Law & Society minors may substitute SOC 014 for other prerequisite coursework in Sociology.

SOC 219. D1: Race Relations. 3 Credits.

Examination of American racial subordination in social and historical perspective. Analysis of interracial contacts, racial subcultures and social structures, and responses to racial prejudice and discrimination. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 220. Internship in Gerontology. 3 Credits.

Supervised service or research internship integrating theoretical and practical gerontological issues. Prerequisite: Minimum Junior standing; Instructor permission.

SOC 223. Sociology of Reproduction. 3 Credits.

Examines reproduction of cultural values in relation to social conduct of reproduction of human life (childbearing) under advanced capitalism. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing. Cross-listed with: GSWS 250.

SOC 229. Family as Social Institution. 3 Credits.

Examination of the institution of the American family in cross-cultural and historical perspective. Theories and research on family continuity, change, and institutional relationships explored. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 231. Transgender Studies. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies. Exploration of trans studies in the social sciences and gender and queer studies and examination of the field's contributions to shifting understandings of sex, gender, identify, and the body. Prerequisites: SOC 001 or GSWS 001; and one of SOC 100 OR SOC 101 or GSWS 100 OR GSWS 105; minimum Junior standing. Cross-listed with: GSWS 231.

SOC 232. Social Class & Mobility. 3 Credits.

Comparative and historical analysis of causes, forms, and consequences of structured social inequality in societies. Examination of selected problems in contemporary stratification theory and research. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 250. Sociology of Culture. 3 Credits.

The relations of cultural forms and subjective experience to social structure and power; in-depth applications of interpretive approaches in contemporary sociology. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 258. Sociology of Law. 3 Credits.

Analysis of sociocultural structure of the legal institution and its relationships to other institutions: the social organization of the legal profession, lawmaking, and the courts. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing. Declared Law & Society minors may substitute SOC 014 for other prerequisite coursework in Sociology.

SOC 272. D2: Soc of African Societies. 3 Credits.

Current social, cultural, political, and economic changes occurring in African societies, including issues of development, the state and civil society, social class, ethnonationalism, and democratization. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 274. Qualitative Research Methods. 3 Credits.

Principles of qualitative research design and ethics and data collection, analysis, and presentation. Students will complete a research project over the course of the semester. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 285. Internship. 1-18 Credits.

On-site supervised work experience with structured academic learning plan directed by faculty/ faculty-staff team with faculty as instructor of record, for credit. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing; Instructor permission. Declared Law & Society minors may substitute SOC 014 for other prerequisite Sociology coursework.

SOC 288. Teaching Assistantship. 1-3 Credits.

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing; Instructor permission.

SOC 295. Advanced Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 296. Advanced Special Topics. 1-18 Credits.

See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisites: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing.

SOC 297. Independent Study. 1-18 Credits.

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing; Instructor permission.

SOC 298. Undergraduate Research. 1-18 Credits.

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: SOC 001; SOC 090 or SOC 100 or SOC 101; minimum Junior standing; Instructor permission.